Deadly Jermain Defoe proves his worth
...as he completes Bournemouth’s comeback victory against Brighton
LONDON - Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe scored his first goal in his second spell at the club in a 2-1 win over promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday as Eddie Howe’s side grabbed a vital first Premier League victory of the season.
The south coast side went into the game second bottom in the league, having lost their first four fixtures and scored only once.
Their miserable run looked like it might continue as, after a goalless first half at the Vitality Stadium, the visitors took a surprise lead 10 minutes after the break when Solly March headed in his first Premier League goal from Pascal Gross’s cross.
Chris Hughton’s side were ahead for 12 minutes before Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe changed the game. The influential former Liverpool attacker found South African midfielder Andrew Surman in the middle of the box, who finished in the far left corner of the Brighton goal. Ibe turned provider again little more than five minutes later, showing good control outside the area to hold onto the ball and play it through to veteran Defoe.
The 34-year-old did not need to take a touch as he span quickly and struck the ball low past goalkeeper Mathew Ryan to score his first goal in a Bournemouth shirt since he lined up alongside his now manager 16 years ago. “He’s an unbelievable professional. He sets the example.”